Gurumayi, the Play of Shakti and Guru

Karen Pechilis

in The Graceful Guru

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195145380
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849963 | DOI:
Gurumayi, the Play of Shakti and Guru

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Gurumayi (Swami Chidvilasananda) is the current guru of the worldwide Siddha Yoga organization that promotes the uplift of humanity through a collective “revolution” in spiritual consciousness, specifically through the bestowal of shakti. The chapter describes in detail her performance as a religious leader. This chapter also deals with the analysis of “feminine” ways of leadership through reference to positing a feminine “essence,” drawing on Judith Butler's analysis of gender. It seeks to clarify that a guru can be viewed as a “third gender,” citing Monique Wittig on lesbian identity.

Keywords: Gurumayi; Swami Chidvilasananda; guru; Siddha Yoga; Shakti; feminine; third gender; lesbian identity

Chapter.  12498 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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